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N.H. Council Rejects Planned Parenthood Funding

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    N.H. Council Rejects Planned Parenthood Funding
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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Planned Parenthood patients, volunteers and supporters rally outside the office of Assembly Speaker-elect John Perez to oppose cuts to family planning funds by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on January 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Republican governor continues slash the state budget and is calling for an additional $8.5 billion in cuts. He is also asking for $6.9 billion in federal funds warning that state health and welfare programs will be threatened without the emergency funds. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    The Republican-led Executive Council in New Hampshire has rejected roughly $650,000 in state funding for Planned Parenthood to provide health services such as contraception, STD testing and counseling.

    The debate Wednesday comes amid national scrutiny over Planned Parenthood's policies regarding voluntary fetal tissue donation for medical research. GOP councilor Chris Sununu, who has supported Planned Parenthood in the past, voted against the contract, saying the state should be investigating the practices of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The group does not offer voluntary tissue donation in New Hampshire.

    The council did approve contracts for family planning services with the Concord Feminist Health Center, the Joan G. Lovering Health Center on the Seacoast and Weeks' Medical Center in the North Country.

    This vote eliminates about a third of Planned Parenthood's funding, as it also receives money through federal contracts. 

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